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Margaret Celestine Cox

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Margaret Celestine Cox, age 88, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at her home. She was born March 13, 1924, in Fulton, the daughter of Clifford and Celestine Wheeler. Margaret married Ralph W. "Shorty" Cox on June 13, 1942, in California. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 2008.

Margaret had worked as a waitress at the Land Inn which her family owned and operated. She was a member of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles and watching game shows on TV.

She also enjoyed watching sporting events of all kinds and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and KU Jayhawk fan.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Cox and wife, Karla, Terry Cox and Larry Cox all of Fort Scott, and a daughter Teresa Cox and husband, Mark Crants, Lakewood, Colo. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Bernadette Kett and Susan Taylor, three grandsons, Timothy, Christopher and Michael Cox; a sister, Gretchen Conley and two brothers, Bernard and Ed Wheeler.

Father Robert Wachter will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.

The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel with visitation following.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic School or Hospice Care of Kansas and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.